A lifetime of learning Trying to control your art/creativity is like trying to control lightning. It may work for some but after 20 yrs of painting i think I finally learned this lesson. I've been an artist for as long as i can remember. Growing up in Thompson, Manitoba I drew a lot as a teenager but after high school art was not a career choice. I moved to Vancouver when I was 24 and started painting a couple years later. For the last 8 years I've only painted here and there. I got caught up doing art for other people and it killed my spark. Last year I bought a set of 5 small canvas and told myself I would paint for fun. Its the first time in ages I painted like that and the outcome was beyond anything I expected. In the past I had become so focused on the destination that I actually forgot the journey. The process is now fun again! Instead of agonizing over every last detail and trying to polish each painting to perfection like a diamond I'm letting my creativity flow free and not overthinking. I'm focused on the process of creating and enjoying the journey no matter what the outcome is. It sounds so cliche i know; but its true. I hope u enjoy this chapter of my art and I think the fun I'm having is showing in my work. Embracing the fact that I am and always have been an artist and that I need to create in order to be my true self has been a game changer for me. Art is meant to be shared and seen because without that your just looking into a mirror. You can spend a lifetime painting one canvas and paint over and over forever trying to reach perfection which does not truly exist, or you can have fun and not take yourself too seriously and create art that is raw and real and has flaws. Art does in fact imitate life in all its shapes and forms and that in itself is just so beautiful.